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recessions, instead, it fell, like a rock off the cliff, except for the little peak when it comes to the census. this recession has not been handled like the others and the recovery has been harder than it would have been if we were not laying off all the teachers and snow plow drivers and cops and firefighters. everybody understood that before this recession to get out of the recession you hire more people, not less people. we have never tried to recover from a recession this way before. not under democrats and not under republicans. this insistence this time from the beltway, mostly from republicans, but from beltway common wisdom, too, insisting the cutting, as if it were one hand tied behind our back, and trying to get recovery from this recession. we have never cut government jobs when we were trying to save the economy, until this time. and now that we are finally stumbling back from the depths of recession, we are still trying to cut government jobs.
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look at this, more than 70,000 government workers were canned when the recession began. the government sent 9,000 government workers home with a final paycheck, good luck, officer, see you around. so chart imitates life. we lionize and celebrate the people who fix the math, and rescue us from fires. we lionize and celebrate them justly as we should. and then in record numbers we can them, hurting them and us as a country. not every public sector worker is going to win the medal of valor like those at the white house today. but there is reason to appreciate them, both in the heroic and in the specific, and in the aggregate, for what they do for us every day. that does it for us, we'll see good thursday morning. right now on "first look" -- the oscar pistorius murder
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investigation gets even more complex as the lead detective is facing multiple murder charges stemming from another case. a massive winter storm is blanket the midwest as it heads east. americans are facing massive pay cuts if the president and congress don't work out a sequester deal. plus, an ex-senator admits fathering a child with an ex-lawmaker. kansas jayhawks with a little pregame harlem shake. "first look" is coming up. it starts right now. good morning. here we go again, another massive dose of winter is coming for a big portion of the country, the midwest is bracing for a fresh dose of the white stuff after a separate storm dumped some 20 inches of snow in parts of michigan and oklahoma, up a half a foot fell in tulsa and in kansas, the first round of the world golf championship
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had to be canceled because of the snow. we'll get the latest in a few minutes. new details and a dramatic turn in the oscar pistorius murder case. this morning, we're leading that the state's lead investigator will himself face attempted murder charges stemming from an incident back in 2011. the news come as the strack star is back in court today. all this as prosecutors point to nonstop shouting before the murder. the case against the 26-year-old may be starting to unravel after a series of police oversights. pistorius is charged with premeditated murder in the valentine's day shooting death of his mod girlfriend. prosecutors insist there will be no change to their team.
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turning back now to weather. as the midwest prepares for a major blast of winter the leading edge of a massive storm blanketed parts of the western u.s. on wednesday from arizona to colorado it's now moving east and forecasters in some states are predicting as much as a foot of snow. jay gray is in kansas city. jay, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, mara. schools and some businesses are closing for the day. no flakes yet. we expect that in the next few hours. at the height of this storm, we could see an inch of snow falling. this morning, they're waking up to a blast of winter weather. the snow has already started to fall across the region including parts of okaying, arkansas, ko and kansas. shovels are out.
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then plows are already working. but if the forecast holds they may not be able to keep up the pace. some areas expect blizzard conditions and a cccumulations 2 feet or more. they're stocking up on supplies to ride out the storm. >> it's not convenient and we have enough roads in the country that do get rather snow bound. >> reporter: patrol officers warn it's going to get worse. >> if you don't need to go out, we're asking people to stay off the roadways just because of the conditions that are deteriorating. >> reporter: will be, forecasters say, for at least the next 24 hours. the snowfall here not expected to stop until some time this evening. once it starts. by then we could see a foot of snow or more on the ground here. live in kansas city, i'm jay
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gray. back to you mara in that warm studio. >> stay warm out there. tea party activists are blasting rick scott of florida for changing his mind on medicare expansion. he'll now support it. during his 2010 campaign for governor, scott opposed obama care as a job killer. and now here's your "first look" at this morning's dish of scrambled politics. president obama has his highest approval rating in three years with the new bloomberg poll showing 55% of americans like his performance. new jersey governor chris christie has an amazing 74% approval rating. senator marco rubio's dive to take a drink of water is getting attention overseas, during his current mideast trip,
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they made a splash with a toast of water bottle in their meeting. pete domenici revealed that he fathered a son outside of his marriage 30 years ago. he says that he's sorry for his behavior. the nra's political action committee raised $1.1 million in january, the most since august of 2012. republican senator graham of south carolina said that he'll block the nomination of cia nominee john brennan until he gets more answer about the attack on the u.s. mission in benghazi. mitch mcconelle was fooled by a phoney news item. the white house has released first lady michelle obama's new
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official photo. certainly a new look for the first lady's -- a different look from her 2009 official photo. president obama came his assessment of golfer tiger woods. >> he plays a different game than i do. he's on another planet. he knew that i wasn't a big threat to his world ranking. and i knew that i better keep my day job. >> that's your morning dish of scrambled politics. congress is in recess this week, but a few democrats are coming to work on capitol hill today. they're looking into the impact of the sequester, $85 billion in federal spending cuts that go into effect in just eight days unless lawmakers cut a deal. what does that mean for you? tracy potts has details on many of the programs on the chopping block. >> reporter: if you work at the pentagon, you could get one day off a week unpaid.
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leon panetta has warned congress, they're looking at these furloughs. if you don't work at the pentagon there are a number of other areas where you could be affected as well. take a look. the cbo said that we're looking at 750,000 job losses. small business loans down $902 million. the fbi could lose 1,000 federal agents. nutrition aid for women and children, over 500,000 could lose that. not to mention other programs that could go away like meals on wheels. so, how will this midwest storm impact all of us? nbc meteorologist bill karins is here with the details. >> yeah, not many people will want to be traveling in the
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central plains today. jay gray in kansas city, two hours, it's going to be snowing incredibly hard in kansas city. now, as far as the radar goes, the blue is the intense snow. the pic shows you ice. the green is just plain old rain there from oklahoma city southward. if you're in the wichita, kansas, area, go outside, you may see some flashes in the snow, you have thundersnow at the current hour. i-35, quickly becoming impassable throughout much of this region. through the south, a line of thunderstorms will be tracking through ft. worth and dallas. further to the north, just some freezing rain, already coming down throughout the ozarks. watch out on the bridges. the winter storm warnings are in effect here. iowa, nebraska, kansas and missouri. the snowfall forecast, this pink
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is 6 to 12 includes wichita and kansas city. omaha and des moines. it looks minneapolis/st. louis, lighter snowfall. but still some impact. >> when you say thundersnow, that always freaks me out a little bit. coming up -- the latest on a plane crash out of nashville that killed five. plus, congressman jesse jackson jr. has pleaded guilty, now the fight to limit his jail time begins. and take a look at this. sun spots that the have the ability to swallow six earths. that's the least of our concerns. we'll tell you why when we come back. [ male announcer ] why is kellogg's crunchy nut so delicious?
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welcome back. we got some developing stories to tell you about. in syria, a car bomb exploded this morning in downtown damascus. eyewitness said that the blast went off at a security check point between the government building and the russian embassy. reports that there were no deaths but at least four
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injuries. five people are the died after a late-night plane crash in georgia. it ran off the runway at mcduffy county airport. s. the white house is quietly moving to have the supreme court overturn california's ban on same-sex marriage, but president obama told the san francisco tv station that he doesn't want to inject himself too much in the process, the high court will take up two cases surrounding same-sex marriage later this year. former congressman jesse jackson jr. pleaded guilty to using campaign funds as a personal piggy bank. he'll be sentenced in june. and take a look at this sun spot is big enough to swallow six earths whole, nasa said that it could trigger solar flairs. wall street opens on a low note. the dow dropped 108 points the
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pain continued today with the nikkei falling 160 points. on wall street, the battle over apple's stock pile of cash continues today. a hedge fund manager will try to sell share holders that apple should sell stock. before the bell, walmart's sales lower. yesterday's unexpected dep kline in housing starts sparked a selling frenzy. tomorrow boeing is expected to pitch an official plane to get its dreamliner back in service. meanwhile carnival has been slapped with a lawsuit suffered by the 3,000-plus passengers on that stranded ship "triumph."
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fatigue with all of this budget talk now. >> first, it's a key. people to a large degree have tuned out. the effect won't be felt on march 1st except for those of us who try to generate all kinds of controversy, but it's going to be something that will happen fairly quickly and one of those things where the agency, first of all, start furloughing workers. that will cut pay scales by 20%. >> this sequester came out of the debt ceiling crisis out of 2011. it was pushed back to march from january. it goes on and on. is this how congress is doing business now, they're putting everything off? >> that's the best result that we can expect these days. congress seems to get us in one mess or another. and then they go off on vacation like they have right now which is a regular thing in congress
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which is something that they're never going to give up. >> let's turn quickly to the president obama's approval rating, at 55%, why do you think that is? >> because he won the election and because there's a disabeautiful rating for congress that's so high. what the republicans are trying to do is to try to run out the clock. the further they can get from the election they know all of this turmoil is going to cause obama ratings to deteriorate. >> all right, bob franken, thanks for your time this morning. now, here's your "first look" at some of the other news going on around america. in new jersey, footage from a january accident, surveillance video shows a commuter bus ramming into a school bus, rescues pulled 19 injured people from that commuter bus. in georgia a vicious attack on a female corrections officer
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was caught on tape. the victim suffered minor injuries. and in missouri, state representative eric burleson is raising some eyebrows after taking a new anti-gun bill to a firing range. the republican lawmaker showing the democrat-sponsored bill, to show their opposition. turning now to sports, a double-overtime thriller in college basketball. number 9 kansas and number 14 oklahoma state went to a second overtime and it took a short jumper with 16.5 seconds left to give the jayhawks the lead. earlier kansas' bill self drew up a plan for his team called the harlem shake. in oregon, an amazing half-court buzzer-beater gave the salem high school team the
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conference championship. look at that, the crowd goes wild. 11-year-old julian newman plays on his high school basketball team even though he's 4' 5". in arizona, rare snowstorm blanketed a baseball spring training facility in skocottsda, so baseball will have to wait until the field thaws out. the accenture match play was forced to halt play because of the weather. and lawrence silverman, the first woman to test at the nfl combine. she'll show her skills next month as a kicker. turning back now to the weather, with bill karins is back with more. >> some people some specifics on their big cities throughout the midwest how much snow we're expecting. . the bull's eye is wichita, toe
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peek ya. omaha, des moines has the best chance of getting a foot of snow. denver will end earlier today, 4 to 8 inches. minneapolis and chicago, lesser probably around three to six inches. st. louis, missouri, two to four inches for you. you'll also get some sleet and freezing rain on top of it. east coast, you're fine today. dallas/ft. worth, thunderstorms. new england, this weekend, we'll have a storm to deal with here. snowfall amounts are a little less today than yesterday. still a significant snow event for new england. i'll keep you posted. >> thanks so much, bill. coming up -- your entertainment news. sylvester stallone comes clean about his secret fears. we'll tell you watch what they
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